Are you proud of the work your leadership team has done to distinguish your brand among companies with revenues of $50 million to $2 billion? Think you're in a league with the Mark Cubans of the business world? If so, Inc. wants to hear from you.

For the past four decades, Inc. has celebrated the fastest-growing companies in America through its annual Inc. 5000 list. With our inaugural Best Led Companies awards, we're recognizing an additional kind of Best, based on a 12-point measurement of management excellence across the middle market. This select, data-driven list will honor lesser-known SMB executives alongside A-list leaders who are setting the gold standard across the mid-market in the U.S. It will also be the first Inc. franchise to honor public companies as well as private.

"This list completes the trifecta of Inc.'s 'Best of' lists," said Scott Omelianuk, Editor in Chief. "Best Workplaces measures culture, Best in Business measures impact and social good, and now, Best Led Companies distinguishes executive leadership. It's the Triple Crown."

Why the mid-market? With revenues of $50 million to $2 billion, mid-market companies are in an economic sweet spot -- still nimble enough to maneuver but also big enough to have a broad impact, and they employ 35 million people, about one of four U.S. workers. Generated with input from our partners at PitchBook and Shango Labs, our algorithm will identify the very best of these economic powerhouses according to their leadership teams' superlative accomplishments in four key areas: Performance and Value Creation; Market Penetration and Customer Engagement; Talent; and Leadership Team Distinctions.

In this first year of Best Led Companies, there is no fee to apply. Complete the application today by filling in details about your company's performance and your leadership team's achievements. 

All winning firms will appear in the November issue of Inc. magazine and on

The deadline to apply is August 6.